The Mars Diary teaching resources have been carefully crafted by education experts in conjunction with teachers. Everything is designed to be as flexible as possible to fit any lesson shape or style.

There are two 'ways to play':

1. Chapter-by-Chapter

You can work through the diary chapter by chapter, with PDF downloads or the official workbook - providing a unique, narrative-driven subject-blending experience.

Explore the Chapters →

2. Pick-and-Mix

Alternatively, you can ‘pick and mix’ any of the individual activities found in the programme, searching by subject or learning style and exploring related media or useful links.

Browse the activities →

Teacher Toolkit

Whichever way you choose to play, there are a bunch of universal teaching resources to be found in the Teacher Toolkit. These work with any activity, whether approached as part of the diary or individually, and include lesson plan templates, curriculum links, self-assessment forms, reflection templates for students, progress badges, and much more.

Download the toolkits →


Work through the full programme stage-by-stage. Everything has been especially curated so that the experience draws on a range of teaching styles, and is relevant to a variety of subjects. At each step, you'll be provided with exciting additional content like videos and presentations, plus will have access to lesson plans, curriculum links, and evaluation templates. Better yet, why not grab the accompanying workbook and save on downloads and printing?

Life on Mars

Why do we send humans and robots into space? What will Mars be like, compared to Earth?

Plan Your Mission

Recruit your crew, pack your bag and design your rocket to launch your mission!

Your New Home

Explore your new home, from its climate to its terrain, then build a rover to help your research.

Science on Mars

Work with your rover to collect scientific samples then head to the lab. It's time to experiment!

Sustainable Living

Design a city that has everything you'll need for a happy, productive and safe life on Mars.

Mars and Beyond

Before you set off on your next space adventure, tell the people back on Earth why Mars is worth a visit.


Search through our vast archive of individual activities and build a lesson however you want. Using the box on the left below, you can filter everything by teaching style or subject - or find activities that have accompanying media like videos and presentations. Each activity comes with a bunch of other useful stuff, like links to other relevant education resources, plus quick access to our universal Teacher Toolkit (for curriculum links, lesson plans, evaluation templates, and more).

Signs of Life

This activity asks students to research Earth and Mars and draw them side-by-side, focusing on ‘signs of life’.

Mars Quiz

An interactive and entertaining way to find out more about Mars, for students and teachers.

Word Search 1

Can you find eight scientific words from Chapter 1? Don't forget to write them in your Space Glossary!

Going the Distance

Help students to comprehend the huge distance from Earth to Mars and how orbits effect it.

Teacher Toolkit

Everything you need to plan and evaluate your lessons. These tools are universal - they work for any of the activities and chapters, so no need to download multiple times. They work particularly well if your students are working through the Mars Diary workbook.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum links and differentiation ideas

Download England ↓ Download Northern Ireland ↓ Download Scotland ↓ Download Wales ↓


A lesson planner & five student reflection templates and a completion certificate

Download Lesson Plan & Reflection Sheets ↓ Download Completion Certificate ↓

Mission Badges

Collect Mission Badges for each chapter of the Mars Diary

Download Mission Badges: Class Set ↓ Download Mission Badges: Single Set ↓

Extend the experience with the Zapper App

Learn how to use the Zappar App and take a selfie with Tim Peake

Download Zappar App Instructions ↓

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